Halloween Contests

Halloween Candy House Competition

Halloween Home Decorating Contest

Entry Rules and Information


  • To submit your entry, please email your name, address, and telephone number to parksandrecreation@syracuseut.gov .
  • Include your consent to have your name and address publicly listed.
  • Your home will be judged by the Mayor and City Council.
  • You will be judged based off  the Halloween theme decorating on the exterior of your home.
  • Entries that contain violence or disturbing scenarios will not be eligible for prizes.
  • Entries must be turned in by October 8th by 5 p.m.


Halloween Candy House Competition

Entry Rules and Information

Have you made gingerbread houses before?  What about a Halloween Candy House?  Syracuse City is hosting a Spooky Halloween “Treat” house-building competition on Saturday, October 29th at the Syracuse Community Center. 

Bring your house mostly built of edible treats to the Community Center by noon.  There will be an open house for visitors to walk through and view the amazing creations from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Awards will be announced at 3:30 pm, and you will be able to take your creation home in time to return for the final evening of the Pumpkin Walk at Founder’s Park that evening from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  

Rules for building your house for the competition will be wide open, but judging will consider how much of your creation is edible as well as how many varieties of tasty Halloween candies are used in the creation.  Creative uses for your favorite treats will be fun to see and will certainly make others hungry.

We look forward to the fun competition from Food Architects, Master Chefs, and kids who like to be creative with candy.  No one who goes home with a house made of treats can be considered anything but a winner!  To enter, please email your name and phone number to parksandrecreation@syracuseut.gov, with the Halloween Candy House Competition in the subject line by October 26th